Steelers team president Art Rooney II met with Ben Roethlisberger on Tuesday. According to a report afterwards, the meeting went well.
The significance of “the meeting went well” is apparently that both sides have agreed to give it one more time.
Ryan Tollner, the quarterback’s agent, told Aditi Kinkhabwala of the NFL Network that the Steelers “will have Ben back and will contact me soon to address his cap situation. As we have shared since the end of the season, we are happy to creatively adjust his contract to help them build the best possible team. A year ago, Ben was not sure if he could throw again, but he fought back to get 12 wins and the eighth division title in his career. They lost steam down the stretch and it does not suit him well so the fire burns heavily and there is plenty of gas in the tank. ”
The Steelers will have to recast Roethlisberger’s contract, which requires a huge $ 41.25 million hit for 2021. Roethlisberger has already said he is willing to work with the team to make it work, which means a form of wage reduction.
The Steelers raised doubts about whether they wanted Roethlisberger to return last week. General Manager Kevin Colbert was not obligated that Roethlisberger played an 18th season with the team.
Roethlisberger, who turns 39 next month, remains the team’s best chance at the position despite his age and his dropoff late last season. In the last five regular season games he played, Roethlisberger threw nine touchdowns and had six turnovers as the Steelers only went 2-3.
Roethlisberger then threw four touchdowns and four interceptions in the wild-card playoff loss to the Browns.
But Roethlisberger’s return prevents the Steelers from chasing a starting quarterback this offseason when they are up against the hood or from handing over the reins to Mason Rudolph, who is 5-4 in his starting career.